Introduction

Preparation for the 2018-2019 Influenza Season:

The purpose of this survey is to aid in estimating influenza vaccine needs for VFC-eligible and PeachCare for Kids® patients in your facility. We will use this information to determine how much influenza vaccine to order from the CDC. In addition to assuring a sufficient vaccine supply, we also want to minimize wastage. In the case of VFC supplied influenza vaccine, it also cannot be distributed to non-eligible children or adults. Thus, it is critical for us to obtain the best possible estimates of need.

How to Prepare:

The 2018 Influenza Vaccine Survey must be completed for each provider expecting to receive a shipment of VFC supplied influenza vaccine during the 2018-2019 influenza season. Your facility’s claims or vaccine usage data from prior years should be used to estimate your vaccine needs. The survey must be completed by September 1, 2018.

A supply of influenza vaccine cannot be guaranteed for providers who do not complete this survey by the specified deadline. If you do not wish to receive VFC supplied influenza vaccine, please do NOT complete this survey. Any requests for influenza vaccine submitted to the VFC office after the deadline will be added to a waiting list. Waitlist requests will be fulfilled according to vaccine availability.

Please indicate your estimated patient and vaccine needs. Request will be rounded up to the nearest 10, as vaccines are shipped in packages of 10 doses per box or multi dose vial. (Be sure to enter the number of doses and not the number of boxes you are requesting.)

Vaccines Available:

CDC is still working to finalize 2018-2019 Influenza vaccine contract. Vaccine brand and presentation preferences will be fulfilled according to your selected preferences availability through the CDC's Federal Influenza Vaccine contract. If your selected preference will not be available during the 2018-19 season, you will be notified via e-mail and given an opportunity to select an alternate vaccine brand or presentation.

Important: Estimates should be as realistic as possible. For example, 100% uptake may not be a realistic expectation in some practices/clinics. Even 70% may be considered too high. Use your practice’s/clinic's uptake data (actual doses administered) from prior years for guidance.

For the most updated information regarding whom to vaccinate, when to vaccinate, and the dosing schedule, please go to the CDC’s website dedicated to Seasonal Influenza at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

If you have questions, please contact the VFC Program at (404) 657- 5013 or outside of metro Atlanta area at (800) 848-3868.

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